A Few Coronavirus Thoughts …

With some 156.2 million people in the U.S. partly or fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, there is much to be pleased about.  That is, after all, nearly half the population of the country.  But wait … it’s not quite time for cheering and bow-taking just yet, for there are still the other half that are not yet vaccinated.  A large number say it infringes on their “rights” and they do not plan on being vaccinated.  Others are still convinced by the conspiracy theories that the pandemic is a hoax, or that the vaccine is the government’s way of implanting a microchip in their body, though for what purpose is anybody’s guess.

The bottom line is that while at one point last month, 100,000 were being vaccinated every day, the number has slowed down significantly, and many states are requesting that the government send them less than originally requested.  I have a couple of points to make about the current status quo.

First, the State of Ohio, a state that is withholding the extra $300 per month in federal unemployment benefits passed by Congress and signed by the President as the American Rescue Plan, is now planning to use those funds to establish a lottery to bribe people to get vaccinated.  Yes, you heard me right.  Rather than use the money for the purpose for which it was intended – helping people buy groceries, pay bills, seek medical treatment – it will be spent to award five $1 million prizes to people who get the vaccine in five weekly drawings beginning on May 26th. Talk about a reverse Robin Hood — taking money away from those in need and giving it to those who will never again struggle to buy food, if they ever did. We have to PAY people to protect their own health???  What the hell is the matter with people???  Meanwhile, struggling families will still be facing unpaid rent and utility bills, and wondering how they will feed their children.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

This is not and never was the purpose of those funds!  Governor Mike DeWine, who I have long considered to be one of the saner, more moderate Republican governors, made the announcement in a speech last Wednesday and seemed quite pleased with himself.  I find it abhorrent that he’s playing a lottery game with people’s lives, and I strongly suspect his decision to redirect funds that were supposed to be used to help the unemployed survive, to providing a financial windfall for just five people is illegal.  Remember folks, this is federal money, so your tax dollars are in play here!  In addition, he has said that he would be lifting all health orders that were enacted during the pandemic on June 2, except for those affecting nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.  That includes the mask mandate, social distancing rules for bars and restaurants, and more.  Which brings me to my second point.

The CDC suddenly reversed course and said that it is no longer necessary for those who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask in public venues.  I think this is the height of stupidity for a number of reasons.  First, how can you tell who has been fully vaccinated at a glance.  You can’t.  Republicans have been running around sans mask whenever they could get by with it since day one, and we all know there are many who will simply shed the mask whether vaccinated or not.  Second, over just the past two days, there have been 65,000 new cases reported in the U.S.  Granted, that number is significantly smaller than it was a few months ago, but 65,000 is nothing to sneeze at, either.  I may not be as bright as the scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but when I hear we’re still averaging over 30,000 new cases each day, then I know the virus is not gone, is not ‘under control’.

So, what happens in the coming few weeks when every Tom, Dick and Harry sheds his mask and goes back to living a ‘normal’ life, frequenting bars, restaurants, amusement parks, sitting within inches of others, nobody wearing a mask?  Take a wild guess?  Yep, the number of cases will rise, the number of deaths will rise, and we’ll be halfway back to square one.

I have as much difficulty wearing a mask as anyone.  Last week, I wore one for 20 minutes and almost passed out for lack of oxygen.  But I will continue to mostly stay home, go only to the grocery store once a week with a mask on my nose and mouth, and a bottle of hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes in one hand.  If I can nearly die of suffocation from wearing a mask but do it anyway, then surely the rest of the fools in this country can wear one too.

I saw a comment on Twitter yesterday where a guy said “I will continue wearing a mask in public, because I don’t want to be mistaken for a Republican.  That would be so embarrassing.”  I have to agree with him.

Look, people, I think President Biden and his team have done one hell of a good job getting the vaccine where it is needed, encouraging the public, but the truth is we are not out of the woods yet.  Let common sense be your guide, please.  Remember that there are a number of new variants out there, and it has not yet been determined whether the current vaccines are fully effective on each of them.  Oh, and yes, I will be getting the vaccine soon, along with my granddaughter, and no, I will not enter that damn illegal lottery!  They can keep their blood money.

61 thoughts on “A Few Coronavirus Thoughts …

  1. I was just saying the other day about the idiots who kicked up a fuss about not getting vaccinated. I wonder how many of them actually have had the jabs? I still wear a mask for everybody’s sake.

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    • I doubt that many of them have had the jabs, since they are so adamant that it’s an infringement on their civil rights! Where they get that notion is beyond me. Like you, I will continue to wear a mask until such time as there have been no new cases for at least a few weeks, most likely next year sometime. But, I was at the grocery today and 80% of the people were without masks, even though the mask mandate in our state is in effect until June 2nd! I just look at them and shake my head … fools!

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      • It’s similar here. The government has said 21st of June and everything opens up but the majority have already done that as if covid has gone. We now have the Indian variant here which is much more transmissible so cases are on the up but still people want to open up completely.

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        • You and I both know what’s likely to happen … new cases will surge, especially with the Indian variant, and another lockdown will be forthcoming. We still average 24,000 new cases per day … how in heck can people believe there is no longer any danger? And, with the vaccine said to be 90% effective … that’s good, but not perfect. Too many people put their own pleasure at the top of their priority list. Sigh.

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  2. My wife and I are very glad we took the shots to give us peace of mind to resume our global travels in the near future. We listen primarily to our immune system these days.

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  3. What a sad indictment of the human race. 😦 The idea of cajoling people into being vaccinated via their hip pocket could actually be very effective, but why on earth doesn’t Ohio pay for that out of its own funds? Taking from the most vulnerable is theft no matter how ‘good’ the intention. I hope Biden takes Ohio to court over this one. :/

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  4. I am going to continue to wear a mask and continue to maintain social distance. Like you, I don’t believe we are “out of the woods” yet and I’d rather be cautious than expose myself to a potentially deadly virus that has not yet been “conquered.”

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  5. Whilst I applaud any attempt to get people to have the vaccine I don’t agree with bribing them with a chunk of money intended to help others. I’m sure using Federal money like that is a crime.
    I’ve worn a mask since the start of the virus and waited until I could get both shots of my vaccine .I’m told I may need a top up in about November and I’ll wear my mask until 4 weeks after that. Then I’m not sure, I should be safe and so should everyone else like me but why should I suffer the discomfort of the mask if non vaxers want to play Russian Roulette by not wearing one. They play at risking their own lives and it’s their choice (currently) but should I be expected to live according to the rules they put in play with their stupidity.
    Cwtch

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    • No, this lottery idea of DeWine’s … using funds meant for people in great need for a purpose other than that which they were intended … must … MUST be illegal! These are federal funds, paid for by taxpayers across the nation and authorized for one use, not for however a governor chooses to fritter them away! I’m hoping that lawsuits are filed and the courts put DeWine back in his place.

      I’m disturbed by hearing you’ll be expected to have a third dose in November. Where does this end? Are we to be required to ‘top up’ twice every year? Sigh.

      No, sweetie, you should NOT be expected to live by the game of chance those who suffer from Terminal Stupidity have drafted. You take care of YOU. Sigh.

      Cwtch

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  6. I’m not in Ohio, so I won’t comment on your governor, other than to say that this seems
    a very poor decision.

    As for the CDC — yes, I think they have made a serious mistake here. They were probabl
    y trying to give people an incentive to be vaccinated. But they failed to allow for the
    problem that some people will cheat. And the unvaccinated are the likely cheaters. I g
    uess we will have to wait and see, but I think they may have set the stage for another s
    urge in infections.

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    • Well, when you consider that these are federal funds being paid for by all taxpayers across the nation, you certainly have a right to opine on DeWine’s decision. I’m thinking the courts will put a stop to this foolishness, but … who knows 🤷

      I wonder … I’m still puzzled by the CDC’s reversal. Were they pressured? You may be right about their motives, that they were hoping to inspire people to get vaccinated, but surely they realize that those who haven’t been vaccinated will lie and cheat, and that there is no way to determine who has or hasn’t been at a glance. I think that we will see a rise in the number of cases … I hope I’m wrong.

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  7. Thank you for sharing!!.. getting the vaccine will reduce the chances of getting the virus but no 100% guarantee so I still use caution and common sense when out and about for the foreseeable future.. I got the Johnson & Johnson “one and done” and experienced little or no side effects… 🙂

    Until we meet again…

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • Since I’m hoping to get the J&J soon, I’m really happy to hear you experience few or no side-effects, for as one who has a heart condition and lung problems, that is a concern for me. But you’re right … it is not a 100% guarantee, especially with the new variants cropping up. Keep safe, my friend!

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      • It appears the vaccine treats people different with side-effects… my daughter got the first of the two shot vaccine and all she had were a sore shoulder that lasted 24 hours and her husband had a mild headache that lasted around 24 hours… no guarantee that I won;t have any side effects but fingers crossed… hopefully you will not have any also!… 🙂

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  8. Jill, this suggestion of yours needs to said loudly.

    ” Let common sense be your guide, please.”

    If someone is trying to make a political statement with their safety decision, that does not exude common sense. The last person to take medical advice from is a politician, regardless of their veracity or lack thereof.

    Keith

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  9. So what is Canada up to? I have stopped paying attention to the numbers and percentages, because as long as some per cent goes unvaccinated, my mask is staying on. Except for the seniors living in assisted housing and nursing homes, etc., not many people are getting two shots. They are trying like hell to get everyone their first shot, but that isn’t going so good, even with help from Montana who is giving Albertans free shots so as not to waste the surplus they have. (Thank you, Montana.) But getting everyone one shot first has not been proven yet to be a long-lasting preventative. And we too are being attacked by hundreds of variants–and we have no idea if any are resistant to our present vaccines, that were all developed to fight the original virus.
    And then there are the anti-vaxxers and the conspiracy theorists. We have one ding-dong up here who tells us she has had covid five times already, starting in the summer of 2019. We can only believe she is Patient Zero in the world, though she has never been to China, and has never met anyone who subsequently went to Wuhan. You would think having had Covid five times she would want a vaccine, but, no, she is an anti-vaxxers too. The worst she has ever had is a cough, so she’s not afraid of the virus one iota.
    We in Canada are deep into the third wave, and we are losing the battle. Stupidity still reigns supreme. Being a senior living in my own home, I have only got one shot, back in April. My second shot is scheduled for July 25th. So I still have over two months to wait. I agree they need to get as many vaccines into as many people who want them, but if these vaccines stop working, what then? They will all have been a waste, and we are back to square one, not almost.
    Masks, social distancing, staying home, those are my normal life now. I won’t be changing them anytime soon.

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    • She’s had Covid 5 times?
      Are you sure she’s not someone too much immersed in her wacky sit-com character and escaped the show?
      Keep safe man. We’ll need the sane ones when Nature decides to give us some breathing space.

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    • Sigh … so you guys are not any better off than the rest of us. People here in the U.S. are stupid, but I had hoped that in Canada they had somewhat better sense. I think … the science surrounding the vaccines is incomplete in the sense that even the experts don’t know if these vaccines are 100% effective against the variants, don’t know how long the protection of the vaccine will last, and don’t know if a person can still become infected even after being fully vaccinated. This may be the source of some of the skepticism, the lack of knowledge, lack of assurance.

      I do find it a bit of a stretch to believe one person has had the virus 5 times in just a year, especially considering that having it just once leaves antibodies that create immunity. However, I am neither a doctor or a scientist, only a dumb bean counter.

      Like you, I will continue to stay home except for my once-weekly grocery trip, during which I will wear a mask even if I end up puking in the frozen veggies section, and will use my hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes diligently. Keep safe, my friend. Gail too.

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      • My story is about an actual woman, one who we might have called a hypochondriac in the past, which is a word I have not heard in medical circles for quite a long time. In case you did not notice, Jill, it was not 5 times in a year, but almost 2 years now. She claims to have had Covid before there ever was Covid. That is how sick she really is.
        But no matter. Scientists know little more than the rest of us. They are hoping they are right, but trials that used to take 10 or 20 years before they were allowed to be used by the general public have gone the way of the dodo, poor creatures they were to encounter humans. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but right now all we have is hope we are not being given something that ten years from now is going to turn on us. Remember thalidomide!
        I am happy taking my shots, if I ever get the second one, but my life is nearing it’s end anyway. Those 30 and under have much more to live for. What is going to happen to them? You and I will not be around to find out. I hope they will be.

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        • Oh, I never doubted it was about an actual woman, just questioned her claims, for they make no sense. I thought perhaps she was an attention-seeker of sorts.

          You’re right … the scientists don’t have all the answers, for they haven’t had the time to study it properly, and the vaccine still has much mystery surrounding it. I will get it, but I think we may all find in 5 or 10 years that it should have been studied further and perhaps tweaked.

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  10. In Germany we now had around 10 percent vaccinated twice. Its so sad, and they are more thinking about a third and follow up vaccinations, instead forcing the vaccination of the other 90% of citizens. Have a happe Sunday, Jill! Thats politics! ;-( Michael

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    • 10% … I was hoping it was higher than that! I’ve heard from a UK friend that they may require a third vaccine sometime later this year, and I wonder … where does it end? Will we have to be re-vaccinated twice every year? If so, perhaps I’ll just bow out now! Sigh. I did have a happy Sunday, Michael, and I hope you did too! xx

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  11. I’ve given up trying to talk sense into the ‘Conspiracy / I know my rights crews’, they never listen and the public mocking of them apparently is cruel, though I maintain they started it (Anyway after a while FaceBook doesn’t lead me to their responses)
    I had to do a double take about that lottery stunt and spent a day wondering if I had read it ‘wrong’. Jeez-Louise; like something out of a Mel Brooks film….No it still doesn’t interface with rational action.
    It is tragic that Covid has taken on a political tinge, people are dying here, people are being incapacitated, infrastructures are being disrupted.
    Nature has come a’calling and you can’t hide from Nature.

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    • Yeah, me too, my friend. But … if they continue to act stupidly selfish, they put us all at risk. They have no right to do that! Talk about Terminal Stupidity! Their stupidity could be our termination!

      No, you didn’t misread it. I’m hoping that either the Courts or Biden will put a stop to this foolishness, and many are angry over it, but on the other hand, many are dancing with glee. Sigh.

      This pandemic should, by all logic, have been the thing that narrowed the divide, that brought us together to fight a common enemy, but instead it has torn this nation apart. And I blame, at least in part, the way it was handled by the former guy in the beginning, telling his base that it was all a hoax perpetuated by the Democrats, not to believe what they heard, and just to drink some bleach if they were worried. Some still believe all that crap. Sigh.

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      • Y’know there was a time, when in the field of Western Democracy there were no two people I disliked more than Margaret Thatcher and Norman Lamont (Chancellor of the Exchequer who reckoned poverty was a price worth paying for the good of the economy).
        These days, they are slipping down the Top Twenty.
        Regards the Draft-dodging incompetent himself.
        There was this old South Wales joke.
        ‘He’ll have the best attended funeral….They’ll want to make sure the b*****d is dead’

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